Salad of Spiced Lamb, Rice Vermicelli and Holy Basil

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Appears in
A Taste of Australia: The Bathers Pavilion Cookbook

By Victoria Alexander and Genevieve Harris

Published 1995

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Holy basil, sometimes known as Thai or hot basil, has a distinctive licorice flavour and small, purplish leaves. If it is unavailable, substitute green basil but use half the specified amount.


Spice Paste

  • 30 red shallots or 4 red onions
  • 10 garlic cloves


TO MAKE SPICE PASTE, peel and roughly chop the shallots or onions, garlic, ginger and galangal. Chop the chilli peppers. Place all of these in a blender and add the palm sugar, peanut oil and fish sauce. Blend until you have a fine paste. Put aside 2 tablespoons of the paste for the dressing.

TO MARINATE LAMB, rub the remainder of the spice paste over the lamb loins. Set t